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J. Kelly

Gift Guide for a Bookworm

The holiday season is upon us and we all have that one person who we just can’t figure out a gift for. Perhaps in your case, that person is a book lover. Buying a gift card is boring and impersonal, and buying them books may seem like the obvious solution, but unless you know the person very well, chances are, you don’t know what books they already own or what kind of books they’re interested in. If you’re struggling to buy a gift for the bookworm on your list, here are some gift options that you can buy independently, or put together for a fun bookish care package.


  • Funko Pops
    • This option does require some prior knowledge of what they like, but if you know the person’s favorite book or series, you can totally buy them a Funko Pop figure of their favorite character. This is a relatively cheap and simple gift, but it would make a great addition to any book lover’s bookshelf.
  • Collecter’s Limited Editions
    • Another fun option is to buy them a limited edition copy of one of their favorite books. Not everyone is willing to splurge on an extra copy of their favorite book, but they’re sure to appreciate it as a gift.
  • Candles
    • Most book lovers are also candle lovers, so candles make for another fantastic gift idea. Additionally, there are lots of bookish candle brands whom make candles based on popular books and book series. The book lover in your life is sure to enjoy candles based off their favorite books or characters.
  • Bookmarks
    • No bookworm can ever have too many bookmarks, so don’t hesitate to add a few to a bookish gift basket or slip one into a book you’re gifting. 
  • Mugs
    • There’s nothing better than drinking a warm drink while reading a good book, which is why any book lover would appreciate receiving a new mug this holiday season, especially a book related mug paired with coffee, tea, or hot chocolate.
  • Journals
    • Most book lovers also love to write. If you know that the book worm on your list enjoys to write as well, buy them a fun journal, perhaps one with writing prompts.
  • Blankets/ Socks
    • For someone who loves to read, there’s nothing better than cuddling up with a good book, which is why a warm blanket or some fuzzy socks make a great addition to bookish gift basket.
  • Bookends
    • It’s no surprise that book lovers often wind up with cluttered bookshelves. Help them maintain an organized, and aesthetically pleasing, bookshelf by gifting them cute bookends.
  • Art/ Posters
    • Book related art or posters are a fun way to spice up a bedroom. Help out your book-loving friend by gifting them a cool painting from Etsy or maybe the 100 Books Bucket List Poster.
  • Book/ Movie Combo
    • You have to admit, this is a really cool idea, and it’s super simple. So many books have movie adaptations. Just find one that your friend would like and gift them both the book and the movie so that they could enjoy both.
  • Kindle
    • If you’re shopping for a book lover who you aren’t afraid to splurge on, go ahead and buy them a kindle. Even if they prefer reading physical books, reading off a kindle is a lot more convenient in some situations and they’re sure to appreciate it.
  • Books
    • I know I said that books aren’t necessarily the best choice, but if you’re adamant on buying them the perfect book, here are some great options:
      • For the hopeless romantic: This Modern Love – Will Darbyshire
      • For the musician: Let Them Eat Chaos – Kate Tempest (paired with her record of the same name)
      • For the thrill seeker: You – Caroline Kepnes
      • For the sci-fi nerd: This is Not a Test – Courtney Summers
      • For a true crime lover: Columbine – Dave Cullen
      • For the horror seeker: The Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe
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